Jack & Jack
Talk music, fashion and the role of social media
Keeping Each Other In Check…
Jack Gilinsky and Jack Johnson are about as down to earth as it gets when it comes to people in their position. An evident foreshadow of their musical careers to come, the duo started out making parody videos in their bedrooms while growing up in middle America and have been working together ever since. Over the years, a combination of social media prowess and musical talent has seen their popularity soar parallel to their following. PAUSE sat down with Jack & Jack to learn a little more…
You performed a gig here in London last night. How does a British audience compare to an American one?
Jack Johnson: It’s always hype, regardless of the country we’re performing in.
Jack Gilinsky: The less we are in a particular country, the more hype the fans are. That’s because, when you’re exposed to something all the time, it gets less exciting every time you see it.
JJ: With LA, we’ve been living there for the past four years, and I remember the first time we ever went it was craziness. It was mayhem, 40 girls would show up if we posted a Snapchat about anything. Eventually, they’ve seen us so many times…
JG: It’s like they are friends now, we are like homies. That’s so different to London fans because they put us on this level, which we’re not on, but when you don’t know someone, and you’ve seen them so much online or in the tabloids, then you might see them on a pedestal. But after spending so much time with someone…
JJ: It’s like they realise we are just humans. But to answer the question, it’s been two years since we’ve been to London and it was extremely hype last night. When we come back and do a bigger venue, I can only imagine that energy in a 2,000 people cap room.
JG: Yeah, that energy was so crazy last night, I wouldn’t want to say I prefer one over another but the UK is one of my favourite places to perform.
How would you describe your styles?
JG: I would say Johnson is more style conscious. He’s got a good sense of who he is and is comfortable in that style. I mean, I know who I am as a person, but I’m not good at bringing that out through clothing, which is something I want to get better at.
JJ: No, I think he’s (Gilinsky) got a very sleek, under-the-radar kind of style; you never try to do anything too flashy. I’ll take a lot more risks, and whether they work or not, I don’t really care. I like going to the flea market and getting random pieces that nobody has ever seen.
JG: No, you’ve made that your vibe now which means even if it doesn’t work – it works. That’s your vibe, and you pull it off. That’s the main thing: you take risks, I play it safe.
JJ: I like wearing a lot of colours and wearing crazy coloured shoes. I love wearing stuff which makes people double take and makes people wonder.